My favorite family history possessions are personal histories: Oral Histories, Autobiographies, and Biographies--in any shape or size.
They can be handwritten notes
they can be spiral bound and typed
or hardbound and published;
they can be audio or video
comics or graphic novels
or they can simply be voice recordings.
Anything is better than this:
There are many ways to record and share your life story. It doesn't have to be grandiose or hard or expensive. I'll list some storytelling apps and professional service providers below, but my purpose in blogging about writing your personal history is to convince you to Just Do It!
If you feel stuck, read Writer's Block - How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing Your Personal History, otherwise, here are a few basics to consider when Writing Your Personal Histor…
Public libraries subscribe to online research databases in behalf of their patrons. Some of these databases permit you to access them from a home computer with a current library card and password while others can only be used onsite.
Online and Onsite Genealogy Databases
Some popular library databases for genealogy and family history include:
Accessible Archives African American Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by African Americans
African American Heritage - primary source material specifically for African American family history and genealogy
African American Historical Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by or primarily concerned with communities of African Americans
American Ancestors - US Census data & other genealogy record sets
America's GeneaologyBank - a library version of this historic newspaper site
Ancestry - US Census data & other genealogy record sets
Biography Resource Cente…
ArchiveGrid is a free, online resource for finding archival materials worldwide, primarily manuscript collections, historical documents, personal papers, and family histories.
They have over 5 million records contributed by more than 1,000 libraries and archives. "ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies."
Useful searches include:
topic (genealogies, history, land, deeds, maps, wills, etc.)
Search results will show descriptions of the items and links to similar collections.
If you didn't inherit the family bible and papers, someone else did. And maybe they donated them to an archive or historical society. It's worth a shot to check ArchiveGrid. Best in your searches! #FamilyHistoryMonth
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